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NEW GHS Label Standards




Contact: Dean Field, Global VP Sales & Marketing
216-267-7100, x7243

Oatey SCS Implements New GHS Label Standards Early



Cleveland, Ohio - Oatey SCS, a leader in the plumbing industry since 1916, has updated its

solvent cement packaging to be compliant with the new Globally Harmonized System of

Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) standards taking effect in June 2015.

GHS is a worldwide initiative to promote standard criteria for classifying chemicals according to

health, physical and environmental hazards. It uses pictograms, hazard statements, and the

signal words “Danger” and “Warning” to communicate hazard information on product labels and

safety data sheets (SDS) in a logical and comprehensive way. The primary goal of GHS is better

protection of human health and the environment by providing chemical users and handlers with

enhanced and consistent information on chemical hazards. GHS has been adopted in 15

countries or economic regions with many more to follow, including the European Union, Japan,

China, and Russia.

As a seller of plumbing products in more than 70 countries, Oatey SCS is taking this opportunity

to update our labels now to be GHS compliant. The result of this effort will be seen on the shelf in

the coming weeks as new solvent cement labels are introduced for the Oatey, Hercules and

United Elchem brands. Safety Data Sheets are also being updated well ahead of schedule and

can be found at

“While the look of our labels may be changing, the product inside remains the same,” said Dean

Field, Global VP of Sales & Marketing. “The formulas that professional plumbers have come to

trust over the years have not changed one bit. So they can expect the same performance they’ve

always enjoyed from Oatey, Hercules and United Elchem cements.”

Packaging updates have been made to the solvent cement line and will begin to show up on

shelves in March and Apri 2013. Similar updates are underway for thread sealants, putty and

other plumbing chemicals packaging that requires GHS compliance.


Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Oatey SCS® distributes an unmatched array of more than 6,000 plumbing products. Our stable of brands has built significant equity over the years and is leveraged to penetrate various market segments. Included are Hercules® plumbing chemicals, Cherne® underground and testing equipment, Dearborn® tubular and bath waste products, and Oatey® plumbing supplies.

Oatey Co. is the leading manufacturer of solvent cements, roof flashings, washing machine outlet boxes, air admittance valves, plumbing chemicals, wax bowl rings, and hundreds of other plumbing specialty products. Found in many residential and commercial applications,
Oatey products have earned the trust of both plumbing professionals and consumers since 1916. Oatey Co. operates a comprehensive global manufacturing and distribution network, backed by experienced and responsive technical service professionals. For more information, visit or call (800) 321-9532.